PRINT April 2000



History Painting 101—revised. Moments serene enough to be from a Claude Lorrain, staged beneath a freeway overpass or on the banks of a toxic swamp. Pastoral bathers wear concert-tour T-shirts; highway angels with dirty fingernails shoplift Oreos; Pre-Raphaelite nymphs capture hapless boys who’ve happened on the wrong glade. Each of Justine Kurland’s photographs is a vignette from an ongoing narrative. Inspired by autobiography no less than by fairy tales, movies, Afterschool Specials, even painting in the Grand Manner, Justine’s World is an idyll where fact melts into fiction, where every girl is beautiful and your friends always look out for you. Kurland never expected the attention that’s come her way since “Another Girl, Another Planet,” last year’s much ballyhooed group photography exhibition co-organized by artist Gregory Crewdson and gallerist Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn. Although

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